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Wednesday February 8th

'Rite of Spring' opens with Yo-Yo Ma

The Silk Road Ensemble featuring renowned artist, Yo Yo Ma present the world premiere of "Sacred Signs" as part of The Rite of Spring series at Memorial Hall.
Buy Photos The Silk Road Ensemble featuring renowned artist, Yo Yo Ma present the world premiere of "Sacred Signs" as part of The Rite of Spring series at Memorial Hall.

The actualization of Carolina Performing Arts’ “The Rite of Spring at 100” began Sunday night — and it did not end in a riot.

The centennial anniversary celebration of Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky’s jarring ballet opened this weekend with a two-night performance by The Silk Road Ensemble featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Attend the concert

Time: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Location: Memorial Hall
Info: http://bit.ly/L1v5c4
Student tickets are sold out.

The series features nine world premieres, including The Silk Road Ensemble’s performances of “Playlist for an Extreme Occasion” and “Sacred Signs,” two of the four movements in the show.

Mark Nelson, director of marketing and communications for CPA, said composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s inspiration for the titles in the “Sacred Signs” movement came from poems by Nicholas Roerich, the costume and set designer of the original ballet.

“It’s really gratifying for us because of the fact that so many of these things are interrelated,” Nelson said.

Starting the series with The Silk Road Ensemble sets the stage for future “Rite of Spring at 100” performances.

Three members of The Silk Road Ensemble are also members of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, which will perform at UNC in November.

Vijay Iyer, composer of “Playlist for an Extreme Occasion,” will return in March with the International Contemporary Ensemble.

CPA’s marketing and communications coordinator Rebecca Brenner said it’s good for UNC to see the work of world-renowned artists: “There’s a lot of enthusiasm on campus for these groups.”

Student tickets are sold out for both nights of The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma.

CPA opened up 76 additional seats for students in the orchestral pit — a rare occurrence — and the seats, released Thursday, sold out within 45 minutes.

About 300 students are projected to attend both nights of the performance. Nelson said he hopes they will participate in the dialogue about the lasting influence of “The Rite of Spring.”

“I want to make sure everybody on campus is aware of this great resource,” he said. “When in your life will you be able to see Yo-Yo Ma for $10?”

Contact the desk editor at arts@dailytarheel.com.

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